This quest is Geralt's final chance to side with the Scoia'tael, the Order or go his own way and choose the Witcher / neutral path. After conquering Dagon on Black Tern Island and receiving Aerondight, the witcher heads back to the mainland. Upon reaching the landing, he is met first by Alvin and then by White Rayla. With Alvin, Geralt gets a chance to impart one last piece of advice.
White Rayla has led a group of knights and scouts from the Order to Murky Waters in her hunt for the elven refugees. She warns the witcher that there will be dire consequences if he has decided to side with the elves, but gives him a chance to speak with them to convince them of the futility of their stand. Having warned him, she assures Geralt that she will hold her men off until he returns with his findings.
Geralt then heads to the village.
Just outside the village, he meets Dandelion who fills in a few more details of the hostage-taking situation in the village. He tells the witcher that Alvin is among the hostages. They discuss things a bit more and decide to both go into town: the witcher to speak with Toruviel and Dandelion to hide and watch from a safe distance.
Geralt then speaks with Alvin who is obviously frightened and grappling with his ability to hear the thoughts of the people around him - not very nice thoughts at all. The witcher tries to explain things to the boy and this provides some small measure of reassurance.
Finally, Geralt gets a chance to speak with Toruviel who emerges from one of the huts. The latter explains that she can not release any of the hostages as the Order is merciless and such a move would give them the opening they need to come in and massacre the elves. Our hero insists on taking Alvin with him and Toruviel relents (or not, again, earlier choices). The witcher then goes to discuss the situation with Dandelion, whom Toruviel has already discerned in the shadows. She points out that this is a very good way for the bard (or "that singer") to get shot and that he is fooling no one.
Our hero and the bard confer and Geralt makes his decision.
Geralt is about to leave the village with Alvin when the Order ambushes the elves, contrary to what White Rayla had assured:
In the frenzy, Alvin is left cowering, alone, and it is not long before his self-preservation instincts kick in. Much to the exasperation of our hero, the child teleports himself out of danger, but where to? There is no time to do anything as the battle is raging around him, and what could he do anyway? Geralt has no idea where Alvin could have gone and no way to find out. Ever pragmatic, the witcher "finishes things" in the village and finding nothing of importance in the aftermath of the battle, makes his way to the landing to find Dandelion.
On the way, he encounters Rayla again and demands to know what just happened. She explains that it was none of her doing. Her men mutinied, her own adjudant producing a letter from Siegfried himself stripping her of her command.
Geralt finally finds Dandelion and they head back to Vizima courtesy of the Fisher King and his boat. End of Chapter IV and end of quest.
The players in this scenario
- Once this quest has started, the door to the Country Inn is locked and the Innkeeper is unavailable. This can be problematic if you need to store the Aerondight so that you can go back to Black Tern Island to retrieve your other silver sword. Make sure all your business with the Innkeeper is complete before selecting the dialogue option "I think I am needed in Murky Waters..." during conversation with the Lady of the Lake. You can access your storage one final time, just as you arrive at the dock leading to Old Vizima. Dandelion acts as innkeeper before you enter Old Vizima.
- It is still possible to go to Black Tern Island after the battle in the village. Just click on the boat instead of Dandelion at the landing. This often tends to be necessary to initiate the sequence where Geralt meets Berengar and must decide his fate.
- There are two major quest choices you made earlier that will have significant impact on this quest. Both White Rayla and Toruviels' attitudes will be affected by the choices you made in Chapter II's Force Recon, while your choice in Chapter III's Gold Rush will actually limit your choice in this quest.
- Some players report that you can not support the side you fought against in Gold Rush.
- On the Witcher / neutral path, Geralt can get away with not fighting either side if he runs away while they are focused on each other.
- If you chose to fight and killed both sides, save game then load again, the remaining Scoia'tael and hostages will come out of the houses. Strangely enough, the elves are not hostile.
- The Order Murky Waters assault group is the squad of the Order of the Flaming Rose led by White Rayla to destroy Murky Waters elven division led by Toruviel. Shortly before the assault Rayla was removed from the command and the team was led by another Order commander. If you take neutral path whether you avoid the battle or kill everyone, the team can still be observed marching to the lakeside, as you leave by boat.
- If you side with Siegfried in Gold Rush, the Order will automatically win in this quest. On the other hand, if you side with Yaevinn in Gold Rush, the Scoia'tael will automatically win in this quest. Depend whose you side with or remain neutral, you can talk to their leader.
- When the battle broke out: if you choose Neutral path, the hostages will be killed by the hostile Order and Scoia'tael. But if you side with either Order or Scoia'tael in this quest, the hostages will walk back to their house.
To the Village
Rayla and the knights of the Order were chasing a group of Scoia'tael and ended up here. It appears that the fugitives and the local elves have taken some hostages in the village. I must speak with Toruviel. Can I trust Rayla? She promised to hold the soldiers back for now. I must go to the village and speak with Toruviel.
Dandelion is incapable of holding his tongue. He's trying to convince me not to get involved. He wants to meet me after I speak with Toruviel, before I make any decisions. I must speak with Toruviel before I decide.
- That she-elf is stubborn as a mule! Talking to her was a waste of time. I must speak with Dandelion, decide what to do. I should talk to Dandelion and decide what to do.
- Toruviel is clearly scared. I don't know if I can help the elves. I should talk to Dandelion, decide what to do. I should talk to Dandelion and decide what to do.
Helping the Elves / Helping the Order / Neutrality
After the Fight
I made my choice and sealed it in blood - the blood of all who chose to oppose me. There is no going back now... The fight is over. I need to grab Dandelion and leave this place.
It appears that Rayla did not go back on her word. Based on a secret order, the adjutant has stripped her of her command. Let's assume I believe her. I must sail to Vizima now.